Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Spotlight On...Nairoby Otero

Name: Nairoby Otero

Hometown: New Orleans, La

Education: B.A Theatre Performance Marymount Manhattan College

Select Credits: The Coven (HB Playwrights Theatre), Modernism (Primary Stages ESPA), Freedom (Primary Stages Det. Series), Sunday on the Rocks (Abingdon Theatre), ‘Til Sunday (Abingdon Theatre), The Coldzone Creamery (The Public Theatre), Generic Hispanic (PRTT), The Magic Bus (The Cherry Lane Theatre).

Why theater?: Theatre is as natural as the air I breathe. It has become my greatest passion in life: the one constant I always knew I needed to fulfill and express myself. This is more than a want. It’s a need. It’s intangible, it’s imperfect and, often, it creates more headaches and heartaches than most people can stand. But, to me, it’s worth every single second. I love the smell of the theatre when I am in rehearsal, that bare stage when you look out into the empty seats, the technical rehearsals when people are exhausted, and, most importantly, when you finally get to see all your hard work slowly come together, knowing that in a few hours you will be given the privilege to take an audience on a journey that will hopefully give them joy.

Who do you play in Danny and the Deep Blue Sea?: Roberta

Tell us about Danny and the Deep Blue Sea: This is a stunning play about two people that don't know that life can actually be great!  Danny and Roberta have seen it all and done it all.  And although they don't see themselves as "brave" they allow each other to open up in way that is incredibly raw and scary.  To let anyone see you at your most vulnerable is incredible brave.

What is it like being a part of Danny and the Deep Blue Sea?: Ha! Exhausting and it is only THREE scenes!  It's incredibly challenging as an actress.  It is forcing me to look at my own demons and that is terrifying!  I go into rehearsals feeling ready to conquer and then a discovery happens and it really shakes me up.  It has been a magnificent process of self discovery and really pushing myself out of my comfort zone.

What kind of theater speaks to you? What or who inspires you as an artist?: I love theatre that leaves me thinking hours after I have seen the show. Any artist that takes control of their artistic journey and does not wait for others to decide their artistic fate.

Any roles you’re dying to play?: Martha in Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf

What’s your favorite show tune?: "Rose's Turn" from Gypsy

If you could work with anyone you’ve yet to work with, who would it be?: So many! But, since we are talking theatre I would have to say Mike Nichols

Who would play you in a movie about yourself and what would it be called?: Edie Falco and the movie would be called "Growing Up Cuban"

What show have you recommended to your friends?: Dry Land, which is playing at HERE

What’s the most played song on your iTunes?: Ricky Martin's "Vida"

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: Eating out!  I eat out more than my JP Morgan Chase checking account is comfortable with.

What’s up next?: A nap!

For more on Nairoby, visit http://www.nairobyotero.com/. For more on Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, visit https://www.facebook.com/dannyatnuyoricancafe